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Definition of kick-start verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kick-start
    he / she / it kick-starts
    past simple kick-started
    -ing form kick-starting
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  1. 1kick-start something to start a motorcycle by pushing down a lever with your foot
  2. 2kick-start something to do something to help a process or project start more quickly The government's attempt to kick-start the economy has failed.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: kick-start

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